A Brit in Crimea: On His Holidays: Premiere in Moscow

As many of you know, I’ve been working on a documentary film about Crimea, for well over a year now a ‘Brit in Crimea’. A completely crowdfunded film.

It’s about my reportage in Crimea, from 2014-2017. A new person. A new adventure. His life after that adventure. And much more.

Am happy to say the premiere will be in Moscow, on January 16th, 2018. More details to come. Film in English.

Would of course like to show the film in the UK, but every time I’ve booked a venue to do something there, the ‘pro-Ukrainians’ bombard the place with threats, hate, and everything else they can throw at it. It has always come down to venue saying ‘sorry, nothing personal, we just don’t want the trouble’, in the end.

Meanwhile, of course, Ukrainians, pro-Ukrainians hold any number of events in the UK telling people about their ‘revolution of dignity’ and the ‘annexation’ of Crimea, etc etc…

Hence the premiere in Moscow, of a British film, made by a Brit, with some help from an American, and a chap from Donbass, and featuring a Brit.

If anyone has any ideas of a place which wouldn’t go yellow in the UK, for a presentation, let me know. Otherwise, the film will of course be on YouTube, and I’ll let you know more about the premiere in due course!

What Brits Really Think of Tony Blair!

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has very often got a lot to say, about a lot of things. You can still find him in the press every week, sometimes every day, casting out his opinions, keeping himself in the public eye, potentially eyeing up the return to the political arena we all know he would not only love, but really thinks the people are waiting for.

Blair’s opinions are known to even those who wish they didn’t. Loves the EU, doesn’t much like talking about Iraq (really thinks that’s all been covered, and really can we not just move on?). Or Libya. Yugoslavia. And some more.

But gosh, does Blair, who now runs a consultancy business and has set up various foundations in his own name, including the Tony Blair Faith Foundation,  really does love talk about the EU. In fact, it’s pretty much all he talks about these days.

If you’re reading about Tony Blair in the media, you’re reading about Tony Blair talking about the EU. And it really is pretty much all the same, and has been for a long time. 

Which actually makes much more interesting than the articles keeping Blair in the public eye, the comments beneath about what the actual public thinks of him. I’ve had a look at recent articles, and chosen those comments by people identifying themselves as British, where possible, for the purposes of this.

Daily Mail, 18th September – Arch Remainer Tony Blair brands Brexit a ‘self harming act’ and suggests the UK could STAY in the EU

England expects, suffolk, United Kingdom, 1 week ago

Do shut up you traitor.

He sold his soul to the devil and he will have his day of reckoning. Along with all the other co–upted politicians who signed their nation sovereignty away to contracts without their citizens consent.

Weapons of mass destruction! Liar and murderer.

Blair is not interested in this Country only what is in it for him.

Ok, that’s a national paper, let’s go to the regions. 

Brexit has one-in-three chance of reversal, claims Tony Blair – the Birmingham Mail, 19th September

NorthBrummie

Does this man not realise how despised he is by the British people? Anything he says has a devious undercurrent to it. His time is done, thank God, so he should butt out and maybe do another series of highly paid ‘speaking engagements’ as pay off from his masters in the USA.

WatchaDave

Why is this idiot not locked up

However, Blair also has a fan here – 

MaxPayne

Reassuring to know that this fine statesman is fighting for Britain.

Back to national with the Sun, from September 20th. 

Tony Blair enraged Brexit backers with bizarre claim that there is a one-in-three chance of overturning the referendum result

Dwayne Pipe

Even loathsome people call him loathsome. How I wish he would ffffffffade Away!

Boris Ivan

Once again we have the Sun fawning over it’s golden boy. Nobody is interested in this abomination of a human being. He’s a private citizen with no mandate from anybody about anything, and the sooner the media realises that the sooner this AH will fade away. Stop trying to rehabilitate this has been back into front line politics, he’s toxic and everything he touches ends up the same way.

SAUS

Hopefully there’s better odds on his asassination.

Tim Sabine

Tony B.Liar is a liar, a thief and a conman. He lied about WMD to go to war, he stole thousands of peoples pensions and sign up for the PFI (private finance initiative’s) that are now crippling the NHS and education budgets. The man makes me sick and anyone who listens to him or follows him must be smoking something illegal.

There we have it, how Tony Blair is regarded by the British public a little over 20 years from when he first came to power, in an almost unprecedented wave of optimism. A British public who he really does rather hope to return to.

Catalonia versus Crimea: The World of Difference Between Referendums…

On the 1st of October, Catalonia is due to hold a referendum on secession from Spain. Catalonia has been an autonomous region of Spain since 1932. With its population of over 7.5 million, and 32,000 sq kilometres, the region has a distinct language, and identity, from the rest of Spain.

Does this remind you of anywhere? Crimea, distinct identity from Ukraine, distinct language Russian. And a real reason not to want to be a part of Ukraine in 2014, after a terrorist overthrow of government had put far-right Ukrainian ultra-nationals in power, bent on eliminating the language, culture, and history of Crimea. The very essence of Crimea.

In Spain, a democratic process elected the government currently in power, in the election of June of 2016, returning the conservative ‘People’s Party’ of Mariano Rajoy, current Prime Minister. Couple of photos of that here:

Meanwhile, here’s a couple of photos I took of the kind of people who decided Ukraine’s new government of February 2014 –

That’s right, after Euromaidan there was no election, nothing of the kind. The ultra-Ukrainians who forced out a Ukrainian president democratically elected in 2010, and Ukrainian government democratically elected in 2012, simply seized power. They then immediately set about implementing their radical ultra-national manifesto, which would have done away with everything constituting the basis of Crimea – language, Russian, history, Russian, Black Sea Fleet, Russian, people – mostly ethnically Russian.

This led to Crimeans calling their own referendum, which was held on March 16th, 2014. 

Now, of course both cases are specific, and have their own nuances. And I, personally, generally support the right of Catalans to hold their referendum on self-determination. And I’m not alone in this, let’s take the Guardian, one of the UK’s main papers, and though it pains me to say, most influential. They’ve given generally blanket favourable coverage to Catalonia’s referendum – there’s this –

The Guardian view on Spain’s mishandling of the referendum movement in Catalonia 

They even gave an editorial to the president of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont – Spain’s attempt to block Catalonia’s referendum is a violation of our basic rights

Yet, look back to 2014, and it was a very different story from the Guardian, and Crimea’s referendum: Crimea’s referendum was a sham display of democracy: 

(Note the difference in photos, as well, Catalonia’s bright and mass, to Crimea’s few and gloomy….. not a propaganda trick missed). 

And it really went on and on, on the same theme – Crimea votes to secede from Ukraine in ‘illegal’ poll and many more.

And while the Guardian have given screeds of coverage to the impropriety of the Spanish government, back in 2014 there was barely a whisper of the fact that Ukraine’s new government was formed by a terrorist overthrow Crimea had emphatically rejected, Euromaidan, and heavily comprising a neo-Nazi party, and how the people of Crimea may perhaps have the right to protest against this.

They weren’t alone in this either, so there’ll be more on the theme, as in the western media, there really is a world of difference in coverage of the two referendums.

Helping Donbass Children’s Homes

As you all know, I won’t be reporting on Donbass so much in the coming period. I’ll be completely honest with you here, and say that falling views, and resonance of reportage, led me to the view that my reporting wasn’t, at this moment in time, making a real difference there, wasn’t helping people there.

And, in Donbass, I always considered that my role as a journalist, that by reporting the truth from there, people knowing that, that making a difference, it helped people.

However, for now, clearly, there are other, better ways to help people. I’ll be in Donbass soon, and not only continuing to help children’s homes there. but expanding the help to include several children’s homes (including here, Lutugino).

I’m not collecting money for this, but someone – Sean Taylor – has been insisent in sending funds, specifying for children’s homes – and I’ll soon be handing all that over, in full. 

I’ve actually not collected money for any of this help, it’s all been donated by people – clothes, toys, educational items for children – from all over Russia. I’m going to keep things on a ‘non-money’ basis, because that comes with its own set of particulars.

However, I’m keen to expand the collection of clothes, toys, educational items for children’s homes in Donbass, and even have premises near Donbass, in Russia, in which to store them.

If you can be a part of this, let me know – gwplondon@gmail.com

Thanks again!

Graham

(18+) Children Killed by Ukrainian War Crimes in Donbass (#1) Marina, Refugee Bus

By the most conservative estimates, over 100 children have been killed in the breakaway regions of Donbass, by Ukrainian military action. Yet, the west are silent on this. Why?

Is it because western governments are supporting this?

I am a British journalist, Graham Phillips, who has been covering the war in Donbass for over 3 years. In that time, sadly, I’ve covered the deaths of around 15 children, killed by Ukrainian military action, with many more wounded.

This is the first in a series, documenting children killed by the Ukrainian military.

On August 20th, 2014, mid-afternoon, Marina, 7, and her mother Natalya were queueing for humanitarian aid in the centre of a crisis-hit Lugansk.

Shelling, fired by Ukrainian forces from their positions at the nearby Lugansk airport, hit, seriously wounding Natalya, and blowing off Marina’s leg. A couple of days later, I filmed this interview with Natalya at a Lugansk hospital: full English subs –

Marina was in a coma at this time, she never emerged from that, dying the next morning.

In early September, the 2nd, 2014, I filmed the following scene, by the village of Khryaschuvate, a few kilometres outside of Lugansk. A refugee truck, destroyed on August 18th. Ukrainian forces had pulled over the truck at their blockpost. A member of the Lugansk People’s Militia was escorting the truck, with some 20 mostly women and children trying to flee war, on it.

Upon seeing the member of the people’s militia, Ukrainian forces immediately opened fire on the truck. This was the result, at least 17 killed, in their number, many children, as you can see –

Realising their mistake, the Ukrainian side told a strange, convoluted story about this one. On Tuesday the 19th, they were already declaring to the press that they’d ‘recovered 15 bodies’ from the fatal incident, while trying to blame it on the Lugansk People’s militia. Yet, some two weeks later, I found the above scene – in the meantime, Ukrainian forces had held positions right next to the destroyed truck, with the bodies of its victims scattered around:

Photos here:

These were to be the first, but sadly far from the last time I would see children killed by the Ukrainian military in Donbass. The series will continue.

Please, help to spread this, share this, so more people know the truth about Ukrainian war crimes in Donbass.